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11/9/14 10:37 P

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Check out the American Diabetes Association website. You can find a lot of useful info there. When I was first diagnosed, I found out from that site that my physician was not performing all of the necessary tests. For instance, she was not checking my kidneys, and by the time I changed doctors and had them tested, my microalbumin was high.


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11/6/14 3:01 P

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could make it higher, actually.

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11/6/14 2:32 P

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Most of the newer meters have strips that don't have to be calibrated, so wouldn't have the numbers to set them to.

I think that the people where your meter is from might be able to help you with the information on that difference in the readings being that much. I know when I had a Freestyle (actually still have it, just keep losing it and no strips -- I currently have a different meter because it is really compact with the entire system fitting in a pocket and completely paid for with my insurance) I had no problems calling the company and asking for information. They also sent me new strips when I was having problems with something.

I didn't know that about the alcohol wipes. If they take your reading at the doctor's office or the hospital they always use alcohol wipes and never soap and water. So does that make the reading higher or lower?



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11/6/14 1:04 P

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Right you are!

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Hi...
Also, there is a number on the test strip vial...
Make sure your meter is set to that number...


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You should have a control solution. On the strips it gives you the parameters (blood sugar readings -- from low to high) that is applicable to those strips. If the strips are NOT within guidelines when you do the test, they should be returned.

Secondly, are you cleaning your fingertip with alcohol swabs? If so, WASH WITH WATER BEFORE TESTING. Dry thoroughly, as those alcohol swabs can affect the reading.



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I have been testing for a while and I have become very frustrated. I'm frustrated at the degree of difference in the testing strips. I recently was about to open a new container of strips and decided to run an experiment. In the morning I took my reading with the last strip in the container - it was 95. Then I took a strip from each of the two new containers. I used the same site and got a reading of 137 with the first strip and 120 with the one from the third container. Isn't this a wide variance? How am I supposed to know my true reading? Is there this much discrepancy in all brands of strips? I am using FreeStyle. I have an appointment with my endo in December and want to ask him about this, but I don't know if this is something they really know much about. Any thoughts? Thanks.

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